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Paulo Casagrande

Paulo Casagrande

Trench Rossi WatanabeR Arq. Olavo Redig de Campos, 10531º andar, Ed. EZ Towers, Torre ASão PauloBrazil04711 904

Global Leader

Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Paulo Casagrande is "certainly a leading individual in the Brazilian market" with more than 20 years of experience in the competition field. 

Peers and clients say:
"Mr Casagrande is very able, diligent, easygoing, and extremely well prepared."
"Paulo is doing a brilliant work in building his competition practice. I would definitely recommended him."


Paulo Casagrande is the leader of the antitrust and competition practice group at Trench Rossi Watanabe, one of the main law firms in Brazil, and has 20 years of professional experience, in both the private and public sectors.

He was the first ever head of the bid-rigging unit at  the  Secretariat of  Economic Law  of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice (SDE), the agency then in charge of investigating cartels before the reorganisation of the Brazilian Competition Defence System in 2012. During  his stint at the government, he conducted several investigations with other enforcement agencies (such as the federal police), and also represented the Secretariat at the  meetings of the OECD’s competition committee, and the National Strategy to Fight Corruption and Money Laundering (ENCCLA).

While in the private bar, Paulo was a partner at leading international and Brazilian law firms, and has a deep knowledge of several industries and a broad business vision. He has been representing clients in complex merger reviews and investigations of alleged anticompetitive practices before the Brazilian competition authorities, as well as in advising companies in infrastructure and network industries concerning pending legislation and regulatory initiatives. Paulo also accumulates extensive experience in assisting tech and telecom companies active in dynamic digital markets.

Such professional activities are coupled with significant  academic  credentials.  Paulo holds a double LLM degree from the Universities of Manchester (UK) and Hamburg (Germany), and a PhD in economic law from the University of São Paulo (USP). He is regularly invited as a lecturer on postgraduate courses, and has published extensively on antitrust and regulatory issues. He is the co-author of a  widely cited competition law manual in Brazil.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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